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CROA Reports Family-Friendly Conditions

The Colorado River Outfitters Association announced a slew of family rafting opportunities throughout the state as well as more advanced stretches of river still running in its weekly report

Voluntary Flow Program In Full Swing on the Arkansas River

Local paddlers and fishermen can rest assured they will have water in the scenic Upper Arkansas River drainage for the remainder of the summer, despite lower reservoir levels.

Special PL Exclusive: EJ and Corran on the State of the Paddling and SUP Industry!

How’s the paddlesports and SUP industries faring? For a take from the trenches, we went straight to two of the most prominent – and opinionated -- paddlers around: none other than Eric Jackson of Jackson Kayak and Corran Addison of Corran SUP, two paddlers well familiar with both each other and making the cash registers ring. Here’s what they had to say…

Kayaker Dies on Great Falls; Falls Race Cancelled at Potomac River Fest

The training run death of kayaker Shannon Christy, 23, of Greenville, S.C., on the Great Falls of the Potomac cancelled the annual Great Falls Race as part of the weekend’s 26th annual Potomac River Festival...

Memories from Ecuador: Darcy Gaechter/Don Beveridge on Their Time at Small World Adventures and Upcoming Descent of the Amazon

If you’ve ever kayaked in Ecuador with Small World Adventures, chances are you know guides Don Beveridge and Darcy Gaechter, who literally wrote the book on the area’s countless waterways. Well, they’ve left the operation after umpteen years and are now off on their next big adventure: running the entire length of the Amazon with friend David Midgley. We caught up with them for their take on all things Ecuador and their upcoming journey, which sees them land in Peru on July 21…

Amazon Update: Special PL Q&A with Amazon Expeditioner Rocky Contos

It’s been a helluva year for expedition kayaker Rocky Contos. First descents in Peru, the discovery of a possible new source of the Amazon, a race down the world’s longest artery, a book coming out, a feature in Canoe & Kayak magazine, and more. We caught up with him during a brief moment out of his skirt for the low-down on his latest South American shenanigans…

Women Take Top Cash Spots at Cash-ridden Payette Games; Wright Takes Freestyle Crown for Men

All we can say is that’s a lot of shuttle money. While climbing, disc golf, volleyball, dog fetch, fitness, golf, fly casting, even axe throwing and log rolling in the lumberjack division all made a splash at the Payette Games and Idaho Whitewater Championships held June 21-23 in Cascade, Idaho, it was paddling – complete with a whopping $54,000 cash purse between SUP, sprint and freestyle -- that stole the show…

New Limited Edition “A” Series paddle from Bending Branches

Bending Branches will only produce 750 of its Limited Edition “A” Series paddle, crafted from roasted basswood and featuring a double-bend for the ultimate in hand-crafted beauty and comfort in a canoe paddle.

100 Extraordinary Paddling Experiences Now At Your Fingertips

The newly released Ultimate Canoe and Kayak Adventures is an illustrated compendium of the world’s top paddling hot spots.

Paddlers Urge Feds to Fund Urban River Revitalization

The stretch of the Grand River flowing through downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides limited economic and recreational benefit to the city and its residents; but with a grant for $27 million, the city hopes to increase boating and fishing opportunities as well as restore the river's natural beauty and ecosystems.

The Infamous Stringdusters Announce American Rivers Tour

Grammy-nominated The Infamous Stringdusters announced their 2013 American Rivers Tour -- an epic summer music adventure stopping through and winding down some of America’s wildest and most beloved rivers and surrounding communities.

Louis Geltman Takes First at North Fork Champs; Asheville Kayaker Eric Weigel Killed on Same Stretch Days Earlier

High water, big cajones and top-notch skills were the name of the game at this year’s second annual raging Class V North Fork Championships on Idaho’s North Fork of the Payette, where Louis Geltman notched the fastest time down the hair-raising course to take home the $4,500 top prize…

Down Under’s Dawson Takes GoPro Games’ Bud Light Steep Creek Champs for 4th Time

Call it another notch on the paddle shaft of extreme racer Mike Dawson. Notch number four, to be exact. Dawson, a 2012 slalom Olympian from New Zealand, continued to show his command of creek racing by winning the GoPro Games' Bud Light Steep Creek Championships on Homestake Creek in Vail, Colo., for the fourth time and third in a row. Meanwhile, the Netherlands' Martina Wegman took the women's crown and Dane Jackson took his first swim in two years...

Landslide Causes Oil Spill into Ecuador’s lower Quijos River

While a large landslide in Ecuador has spilled crude into the popular Quijos River, it hit the river downstream of most of the best kayak and rafting runs…

Colorado Creekin’: PL Creek Race Wraps Up Yampa River Festival in Steamboat

Down home fun is what you could call the 33rd annual Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo., held this year June 1-3. And wrapping it all up on the Monday afterward between the Lyons and GoPro Games in Vail was the eighth annual Paddling Life Creek Race, sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs, Rocky Mountain Remedies, Kokatat, Rhino-Rack, Canoe & Kayak magazine and more...

AussieAussies Paddle 600 Miles in Kayaks Made from Plastic Bottles

Sorry, all you eco-conscious boat manufacturers. A group of paddlers from Australia has you beat, recently building four kayaks out of more than 3,000 plastic bottles for a 600-mile expedition down the continent’s Whaganui River…

Colorado’s River Outfitters Rejoice as Late Snowfall Boosts Snowpack, Runoff

With spring snow boosting the snowpack to normal levels across the state and delaying the start of seasonal runoff, the Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA) celebrated a strong start to the opening of rafting season.

Regatta Brings Endurance Paddling, Polynesian Culture to NYC

The 17th Annual Liberty Challenge will bring outrigger canoe paddlers from around the world to New York Harbor. Visitors can watch the races from TriBeCa's famous Pier 26 and explore Polynesian Culture in The Big Apple.

Freewaters and Therm-A-Rest Partner in Sandal Innovation

Freewaters new flip flop sandals, fitted with Therm-a-Rest footbeds, make a breakthrough in footwear design -- with the added benefit of supporting clean water projects for some of the world's neediest people.

Hoochee Mama! Chattahoochee Gets New Play Park

Put Georgia and Alabama’s Chattahoochee River on your Southeast hotspot paddling list alongside such other Southeast boating hotbeds as the Ocoee, Nantahala and Chattooga. It just got a brand spanking new whitewater park with one of the biggest waves in the region...

PasddleFest Comes to Buena Vista May 24-26

Kicking off river festival season in the Rockies, the 2013 CKS Paddlefest heads to Buena Vista, Colo.'s Arkansas River May 24-26 for a fun-filled event for everyone from pros on up to grandma...

Day of the Daddy Long Legs: Justine Curgenven Tries to Circumnavigate Ireland

What else would you expect from the producer of the popular “This is the Sea” sea kayaking video series than for the main star to get after it again, this time Ireland-style? Yep, Justine Curgenven, along with Barry Shaw and Roger Chandler, are a couple weeks into their circumnavigation of Ireland. Read on for how the trip’s going (and Justine’s hurlfest the first few days)……

The Emerald Mile Sends Readers on Record-Setting Grand Canyon Adventure

In the spring of 1983, a massive snowmelt, fed by the largest chain of El Niño superstorms on record, surged into the Grand Canyon, swelling the river to dangerously high levels and setting the stage for one of the greatest rafting legends in recent history. Kevin Fedarko, river guide and travel writer, narrates this extraordinary tale in his debut non-fiction book, The Emerald Mile.

Bellyak Gets Vets Paddling

Bellyak—the Ashville, N.C.-based body boat manufacturer founded by Adam Masters—is supplying Team River Runner (a non-profit helping service men and women recover from traumatic injuries through paddlesports) with 60 of its innovative whitewater craft.

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The Surf Kayak World Cup

The eight annual Surf Kayak World Cup was held from September 14-20 outside of Oleron, France. Thirty-four competitors from 6 different countries, including Americans Russ Busskirk and Paul Scutton, came to compete for three days of heated surf in bright weather and consistent swell. The final results showed the UK and the tiny country of Jersey as the dominate forces in the surf. The following is the day-to-day report of the action abroad.